Dawn of the Metal Age: Technology and Society During the Levantine Chalcolithic (Hardback)
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Short Description for Dawn of the Metal Age Looks at sites in the Middle East during the Chalcolithic period (4700 - 3500 BCE) with material culture reflecting the production and use of copper.
- Published: 30 June 2010
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781904768999 ISBN 10: 1904768997
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The fifth millennium BCE was a period of rapid social change. One of the key factors was the developments in technology which led to the rise of the metals industry. Archaeological finds from sites dating to the Chalcolithic period indicate the production and use of copper. 'Dawn of the Metal Age' examines a range of sites - from copper mines in Jordan and Israel to the villages of the northern Negev where copper was produced in household workshops, to a series of cave burials where a range of luxury metal goods were buried with the elite members of Chalcolithic society. Ancient technology is reconstructed from the archaeological evidence, which also illuminates the changing economic, social, religious and political environment of the time.